Coronavirus: Ayurvedic doctor shares ways you can boost immunity and safeguard yourself

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Last updated on - Mar 2, 2020, 16:46 ISTclose01/9Follow these ayurveda backed tipsThe capital is in a panic mode after the Ministry of Health has confirmed the first case of the COVID-19. The World Health Organisation has already declared the situation as a public health emergency with the global death toll crossing 3000…

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Last updated on – Mar 2, 2020, 16:46 IST

01/9Follow these ayurveda backed tips

The capital is in a panic mode after the Ministry of Health has confirmed the first case of the COVID-19. The World Health Organisation has already declared the situation as a public health emergency with the global death toll crossing 3000 already.

Read here: Tips to keep yourself safe from coronavirus

The easiest way to save yourself from catching the deadly infection is by keeping your immunity up and tight. According to Dr. Vishakha Mahindroo, ayurvedic practitioner, there are also many more helpful ways you can boost your immunity and keep infection risk at bay:

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02/9Eat healthy, be healthy

Foods like cheese, yoghurt and sauerkraut support the gut microbial immunity and keep you healthy. Food items like black pepper, coriander seeds, garlic, ginger, oranges, broccoli, sprouts, lemons and strawberries can help keep your immunity up.

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03/9Massage yourself every day

Self-massage, also called abhyagna in Ayurveda calms down the nervous system, reduces stress and supports your immunity. You can use sesame oil to do the massage. You can also try oil pulling and nasya to boost your immunity.

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04/9Do some inversions (yoga)

Inverted yoga poses increase the circulation of the lymph and drains the germs from your body. When your head is below your heart – Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend) or Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand, the lymph moves into the respiratory organs, where germs often enter the body. When you come back to an upright position, gravity drains the lymph and sends it through your lymph nodes for cleansing.

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05/9Avoid cold, sweet and fried

Drinking or eating cold foods reduce the digestive fire, which is not great for your overall health. Heavy and fried foods are difficult to digest, so avoid them. Enjoy sweet root vegetables, broths and soups.

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06/9Take warm baths

Take warm baths in the evening with Epsom salts and warming essential oils like ginger, cardamom, eucalyptus, rosemary, cinnamon, cedar, pine, basil and juniper.

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07/9Maintain good sleep hygiene

One of the most harmful things you are doing to your body is by undersleeping or oversleeping. When you sleep, your body produces essential immuno-proteins called cytokines, which act as infection-fighting antibodies necessary to keep the body healthy.

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08/9Meditation to the rescue

Meditation doesn’t just help calm the mind and centre your chakras, but what it also does it act down on several risk factors associated with a bad immune system. From reduced blood pressure, better function and strengthen immunity, regular practice of mindful meditation can help the mind send the right messages to the body and act accordingly. It also helps fight oxidative stress, which again, takes a damper on your immune system.

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09/9Add basil to your diet

Holy basil or tulsi is a traditional Indian herb which has amazing medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Basil contains strong expectorant and antitussive properties, which work from the root to get rid of phlegm, irritants and suppress the cough, thereby treating chronic respiratory problems. Tulsi water also contains several anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties which can take care of cold and related infections.

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